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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: March 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, marzo 2014

Two weeks of tension and uncertainty followed El Salvador’s shockingly close March 9th presidential runoff election. The ARENA party refused to accept the results, charging systematic fraud and bias on the part of election officials. The party mounted a series of street demonstrations and filed multiple legal appeals before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and the Supreme Court, demanding a total recount.

Friday, February 21st, 2014 |

El Salvador: Second Round Polling Gives FMLN Huge Lead

With just 16 days until the run-off election for the Salvadoran presidency, the FMLN’s lead continues to increase. In the eight polls conducted since the February 2nd election the margin of victory varies from 10 – 18%. By law, February 21st is the final date for publication of poll results…. read more »

Friday, February 14th, 2014 |

El Salvador’s Presidential Election to the Second Round / Las elecciones presidenciales en El Salvador con miras a una segunda vuelta

n February 2nd, Salvadorans cast ballots in the country’s fifth presidential election since the end of its civil war (1980-1992). The FMLN, the former guerrilla organization, fell just 26,000 votes (or 1.07%) short of obtaining the 50.1% support it needed for a first-round win. ARENA, the conservative party in power from 1989-2009, had a ten point lead in polls when Norman Quijano began his campaign, but the party and its nominee finished ten points behind the FMLN on Election Day.

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 |

CDA Special El Salvador Election Report Coming Soon! / ¡Próximamente! Informe especial del CDA sobre las elecciones en El Salvador

Later this month, The Center for Democracy in the Americas will be publishing our special preview on El Salvador’s upcoming presidential election. We expect to send that to you on or about January 20th.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 |

El Salvador Update: November 2013 / Informe mensual noviembre 2013

It is not yet known who was responsible for the November 14th assault on the office of the human rights institution Pro-Búsqueda. But, coming in the context of last month’s shut-down of the Catholic human rights office Tutela Legal, and a much-anticipated Supreme Court ruling that could nullify or repeal the country’s 1993 amnesty law, thereby opening the door to prosecutions of war crimes, there are reasons to be concerned about the human rights climate in El Salvador.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 |

El Salvador Update: October 2013 / Informe mensual octubre 2013

Human Rights: The sudden shutdown of Tutela Legal, El Salvador’s well-respected Catholic human rights office, on orders from the Archbishop of San Salvador, stunned the national and international human rights community. Several weeks later, the motivations for the closing and the future of the archives remain obscure.

Monday, September 30th, 2013 |

El Salvador Update: September 2013 / Informe mensual septiembre 2013

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact:
El Salvador is on the verge of becoming the first country to receive a second MCC development grant. The MCC Board approved the proposal on September 12th, but Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) raised objections, charging “inaction” by President Funes on sensitive issues including organized crime and corruption. The ensuing contretemps between the President and the Senator could delay or even derail the process.

Friday, September 6th, 2013 |

El Salvador Update: August 2013 / Informe mensual agosto 2013

This summer’s end finds Salvadorans more scandalized by news of alleged game fixing by their beloved soccer team than by the report that two of the country’s best-known – and as yet publicly unnamed – businesses have failed to pay $50 million each in taxes. Still, there is good news for the nation’s coffers as well as for anti-mining activists and the environment: The lawsuit for $100 million brought against the government by the Commerce Group Corporation was tossed out by the World Banks’s arbitration center, ICSID (International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.)

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 |

El Salvador Update: July 2013 / Informe mensual julio 2013

As a number of challenging weeks for El Salvador’s 17-month gang truce wrapped up, President Mauricio Funes indicated that his government is pushing ahead on the peace process “with determination” and, he emphasized, “The mediators have our support.” The explosion of gang violence that occurred during the first days of July was either the result of a “dirty war” to undermine the truce, according to truce mediators, or, as others insist, a strategy by the gangs to assert political power over the government and push for more privileges.

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 |

El Salvador Update: June 2013 / Informe mensual junio 2013

After El Salvador’s gang truce and peace process reached its 15th month, the process experienced a period of intense upheaval. The ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the country’s Supreme Court that President Funes’ security appointments were unconstitutional led to a sudden spate of firings and resignations. The appointment of a new security team and replacements in key leadership positions could be positive in the long run if the changes include more transparency and clarity. However, the rules of the game appear all the more ambiguous, and the abrupt transition caused confusion and unease.